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New Can anyone explain this to me?

About three-quarters of Americans identify with a Christian faith
37% are highly religious; 33% not religious at all
48% of those who are highly religious approve of Trump

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The end of the calendar year provides a good time to take stock of Americans' religion, including the way in which it remains highly intertwined with politics.

Protestants continue to make up the largest religious group in America, totaling 49% of U.S. adults interviewed as part of Gallup's Daily tracking in 2017. Catholics are the next-largest group, at 23% of the population, with Mormons accounting for about 2%. This means that about three-quarters of Americans, overall, identify with a Christian faith.

Another 6% of the population identifies with a non-Christian faith, including Judaism, Islam and others, while 21% of Americans do not have a formal religious identity. All of these groups are within a percentage point of where they were in 2016, suggesting that the shifts seen in previous years have stabilized, particularly the growth among those with no religious identity.

http://news.gallup.com/poll/224642/2017-update-americans-religion.aspx

Why has there never been any stigma associated with being a christian in this country? It's embarrassing isn't it? Even assuming some illiterate Palestinian by the name of Jesus Christ existed 2,000 years ago - he's long dead. But christians believe in his invisible ghost. I'm sure many of us had imaginary friends when we were kids, but abandoned them as we matured. To continue to have an imaginary friend (never mind talking to him and convincing yourself he informs you) and suffer no stigma for that is, for me, truly remarkable. And that, apparently, covers three-fourths of us. With apologies to Yakoff, "America. What a country!"
bcnu,
Mikem

It's mourning in America again.
New When has there ever been a stigma in agreeing with a solid majority of the population?
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Drew
New Even this? It's nonsense. I could see that when I was 10 years old.
Christians have no shame.
bcnu,
Mikem

It's mourning in America again.
New You have to look at trends, and by age.
Gallup isn't good at polling stuff like this. The NORC's GSS is where you want to go.

E.g. How often do you attend a religious service?

https://gssdataexplorer.norc.org/trends/Religion%20&%20Spirituality?measure=attend

Once a week has been falling, Never has been rising - especially among the young.

How religious is the respondent? "Very religious" has been under 20% since 1998. "Not religious" has been rising almost linearly since 2006 (for all groups except those over 65).

There's lots of great info about what Americans really think about questions of the day there.

HTH.

Cheers,
Scott.
New What made you determine that Jesus if he existed was illiterate?
"Science is the belief in the ignorance of the experts" – Richard Feynman
New And "Palestinian" for that matter. ;-)
New Well that was what the Romans called when they had ownership
"Science is the belief in the ignorance of the experts" – Richard Feynman
New Gonna talk about his Sufi 'mentors' are ya? [Got video??]
;^>
New It’s a club
…and a significant fraction of its members don’t take its rites and doctrines seriously. These days, for many self-ientified “Christians,” it means “people like us.” This is particularly true during the last half-century as the Right has toiled sedulously to corral believers and hangers-on.

It’s kinda like wearing a tie at work, which I did for most of my career. It’s a signal, not of the fact that I craved that slight choking sensation all day, but that I recognized the existence of a hierarchy, accepted its authority to promulgate an arbitrary dress code, and was prepared, in abiding by that standard, to acknowledge its authority in exchange for the privileges (mainly those regular EFTs that showed up in my checking account) attendant thereupon.

It was a sort of low-rent Faustian pact. I never subscribed to any of the succession of BDS “Mission Statements” (Fuck. Me.), but the act of keeping a straight face—indeed, of nodding in apparent sage approval—kept me enrolled in the club.

Now imagine this in the Christian populace at large, only in society rather than (or in addition to) the workplace.

devoutly,
New Amen to that,
Alex

"There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge."

-- Isaac Asimov
     Can anyone explain this to me? - (mmoffitt) - (9)
         When has there ever been a stigma in agreeing with a solid majority of the population? -NT - (drook) - (1)
             Even this? It's nonsense. I could see that when I was 10 years old. - (mmoffitt)
         You have to look at trends, and by age. - (Another Scott)
         What made you determine that Jesus if he existed was illiterate? -NT - (boxley) - (3)
             And "Palestinian" for that matter. ;-) -NT - (Another Scott) - (1)
                 Well that was what the Romans called when they had ownership -NT - (boxley)
             Gonna talk about his Sufi 'mentors' are ya? [Got video??] - (Ashton)
         It’s a club - (rcareaga) - (1)
             Amen to that, -NT - (a6l6e6x)

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